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On Thursday, November 28, 2013, I lost one of my best friends, Brooke Golden, 22, due to pulmonary hypertension and its complications at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. When Brooke was born she was told she had a one in a million chance to live because of a diaphragm abnormality which affected her lungs severely. She was treated with ECMO (a heart and lung bypass machine) as an infant at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for 4 months where she proved the health care team wrong. Brooke did not let pulmonary hypertension get in her way of living a normal life. Brooke always brightened up the room with her big smile and laughter. She was like was no other; always putting others before herself and always wanting everyone to be happy and have a good time. Brooke ALWAYS lived life to the fullest: being with her family, hanging out with her friends, concerts, beach trips, boating, dancing, singing, adventures, reading, adopting pets (against her parents will), online shopping, museums, painting, working, going to college.
Brooke let nothing get in her way until her illness worsened beyond her control. Brooke was in and out of the hospital for eleven months battling right sided heart failure due to her pulmonary hypertension. She had to carry an oxygen tank with her every where she went to support her blood oxygen levels. Brooke was getting tired, we could all see it. Brooke needed a double lung transplant. After weeks in and out of Temple University Hospital, as an RN, I could tell Brooke was not getting any better. The night she was put on life support, she was very out of it, but she was with it enough to shake her head yes every time we would mention her getting her new lungs. Brooke was kept on life support for almost 3 weeks and put on ECMO (just as she was an infant), fighting for those new lungs. Brooke had support I have never witnessed before - mother, father, brother, sister, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends staying by Brooke's side 24/7. Brooke was never battling this alone.
The day before Thanksgiving, the doctors told us there was nothing else they could do for Brooke because she was too sick to receive a lung transplant. On the morning of November 28, 2013, Brooke lost her battle to pulmonary hypertension surrounded by her loving family. Brooke came into this world a fighter and left this world a fighter. Being the fighter that she was, I know Brooke would want us to continue to fight for a cure for pulmonary hypertension. I would love for you to join me in fundraising for research towards PH and walk the PHenomenal Mile in Philadelphia in honor of Brooke's battle and all others battling PH.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you 4/12/2014 9:00 AM at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to walk the PHenomenal Mile!
To register for free to participate in the walk please visit the following link: www.phassociation.org/RaceOfOurLives/PHenomenalMile
***If you decide on joining me on the walk please email me your name and cell phone number and any other participants so I have a headcount: L.Boyton311@gmail.com
(if you plan on donating, please donate on this site for Brooke's story instead of when you register for the walk)
Thank you again!